Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Richard G. Cobb, PhD
The Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment is a Space Shuttle experiment that will study the effects of the zero-gravity space environment on the deployment and modal analysis of three inflatable and rigidizable tubes using a sub-Tg rigidization technique. In 2004, RIGEX was transitioned from the Space Shuttle's Get-Away-Special (GAS) canister to its Canister for All Payload Ejections (CAPE), requiring several modifications to the design. The results of these modifications, along with further refinements made to previous efforts, combine to form the detailed design of the experiment. In addition to the design modifications, analyses were conducted to determine the containment capabilities of a shroud for the experiment, as well as to identify and implement potential improvements to the modal testing methods.
DTIC Accession Number
Goodwin, Jeremy S., "Detailed Design of the Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment" (2006). Theses and Dissertations. 3519.